Fish:Tongues

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“Tongues”
Artist: Fish
Albums: Internal Exile (1991)
Derek Dick and his Amazing Electric Bear (1993)
For Whom the Bells Toll! (1993)
Yin (1995)

Ah-oo
Ah-oo

If you really knew how I felt
You wouldn't need to be here asking those questions
Those irritating questions
Moving in metaphors
Speaking in tongues

Your gunboat diplomacy
You accuse me of heresy, of being irreverent
My opinion's irrelevant
When I smile at your similes
When you're speaking in tongues

Ah-oo
Ah-oo

As we move to a stalemate
You say a contract's a contract and this is unnegotiable
I question your morality
You question my reality
You're speaking in tongues

We're speaking in tongues (are speaking)
We are speaking in tongues (are speaking)
We're speaking in tongues (are speaking)
Am I deaf because I cannot comprehend?

We're speaking in tongues (are speaking)
We are speaking in tongues (we are speaking)
We're speaking in tongues (are speaking)
Though I try I just cannot understand

Ah-oo

Are speaking in (are)
Are speaking in (are)
Are speaking in (we are)
Are speaking (are)
Are speaking (are)
Are speaking (are)
Are speaking (are)
Are speaking (are)
Are speaking (are speaking)
Are speaking (are speaking)
Are speaking (are speaking)
Are speaking (are speaking)

We are speaking in tongues
We are speaking in tongues
Are speaking

Your entrenched opinions
On the border of arrogance dug in against the compromise
A position indefensible
Your actions illogical
You're speaking in tongues

You sweat contradictions
Your tedious monologues, wielding authority
Demanding subservience
Demanding I make your sense
Demanding speaking in tongues

We're speaking in tongues (are speaking)
We are speaking in tongues (are speaking)
We're speaking in tongues (are speaking)
Am I deaf because I cannot comprehend?

We're speaking in tongues (are speaking)
We are speaking in tongues (we are speaking)
We're speaking in tongues (are speaking)
Though I try I just cannot understand

We are speaking in tongues
We are speaking in tongues (we are speaking)
We are speaking in tongues (we are speaking)
We are speaking in tongues (we are speaking)
We are speaking in tongues (we are speaking in tongues)
In tongues (we are speaking)
We are speaking
In tongues

Woo


Live (3rd November 1991)

This next song
Was written amongst the chaos
Of this year
And it's concerning
T ... what? Ha ha ha
Smackin' the lip pins smackin' the lips

This is about two people
Who have the complete inabiliity
To even see or seek compromise
In this particular case
It's dedicated to a man
I have great sadness for
This man is called Rupert Perry
And this man is the M.D.
Which is slang for Managing Director
Of EMI records
I'm not
I'm not allowed to say anything about this man
And in fact I do feel sorry for him because we're in a moment being recorded by Radio Forth
And there are things in this country called slander laws
But we'll let you draw your own inconclusions
And by judging from your response
You understand exactly how I feel

And this particular song is a song
About the big business
And it's a song called Tongues
Ah-oo


Ah-oo

If you really knew how I felt
You wouldn't need to be here asking those questions
Those irritating questions
Moving in metaphors
Speaking in tongues

Your gunboat diplomacy
You accuse me of heresy, of being irreverent
My opinion's irrelevant
When I smile at your similes
When you're speaking in tongues

Ah-oo
Ah-oo

As we move to a stalemate
You say a contract's a contract and this is unnegotiable
I question your morality
You question my reality
Hah!
You're speaking in tongues

We're speaking in tongues (are speaking)
We are speaking in tongues (we are speaking)
We're speaking in tongues (we are speaking)
Am I deaf because I cannot comprehend?

We're speaking in tongues (we are speaking)
We are speaking in tongues (we are speaking)
We're speaking in tongues (we are speaking)
Though I try I just cannot understand

(Ah-oo)

We are speaking (speaking)
We are speaking (speaking)
We are speaking (we are speaking)
We are speaking (we are speaking)
We are speaking
We are speaking (we are speaking)
We are speaking (we are speaking)
We are speaking
We are speaking
We are speaking
We are speaking
We are speaking
We are speaking
We are speaking
We are speaking
We are speaking
We are speaking in tongues
We are speaking in tongues
We are speaking in tongues

Your entrenched opinions
On the borders of arrogance dug in against the compromise
A position indefensible
Your actions illogical
You're speaking in tongues

You sweat contradictions
Your tedious monologues, wielding authority
Demanding subservience
Demanding I make your sense
Demanding speaking in tongues

We're speaking in tongues (we are speaking)
We are speaking in tongues (we are speaking)
We're speaking in tongues (we are speaking)
Am I deaf because I cannot comprehend?

We're speaking in tongues (we are speaking)
We are speaking in tongues (we are speaking)
We're speaking in tongues (we are speaking)
Though I try I just cannot understand

We are speaking
We are speaking
We are speaking
We are speaking
We are speaking
In tongues

We are speaking
We are speaking
We are speaking
We are speaking
We are speaking
We are speaking
We are speaking
In tongues

We are speaking in tongues

In tongues
In tongues
In tongues
Speaking in tongues

Ah-oo

Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha

Thank you

Ah, it's nice to get that out my system

Ah-ha
It's a wonderful thing about, you know
Being a singer right, and especially being a lyricist and you get
A lot of bits and pieces out the system it's a like
Classic sort exorcism or cathartic sort of, you know
Moment and it's a lot cheaper than a bloody analyst


Live version (New Years Eve 1991)

But
But no

This next song is about the argument I had with a Corporation
My life is like those films like ...
Except it's got a really shitty ending

I'm in the progress of dealing with the business suits
This is where the language can only be spoken which nobody can understand
And this language is called One In Tongues.


Ah-oo

If you really knew how I felt
You wouldn't need to be here asking those questions
Those irritating questions
Moving in metaphors
Speaking in tongues

Your gunboat diplomacy
You accuse me of heresy, of being irreverent
My opinion's irrelevant
When I smile at your similes
When you're speaking in tongues

Ah-oo
Ah-oo

As we move to a stalemate
You say a contract's a contract and this is unnegotiable
I question your morality
You question my reality
You're speaking in tongues

We're speaking in tongues (we are speaking)
We are speaking in tongues (we are speaking)
We're speaking in tongues (we are speaking)
Though I try I just cannot understand

We're speaking in tongues (we are speaking)
We are speaking in tongues (we are speaking)
We're speaking in tongues (we are speaking)
Am I deaf because I cannot understand?

Ooh
Ah-oo

(We are speaking in)
We are speaking in tongues
We are speaking in tongues
We are speaking in tongues
We are speaking in tongues
We are speaking

We are speaking in tongues
We are speaking
We are speaking in tongues
We are speaking
We are speaking in tongues
We are speaking
We are speaking in tongues
We are speaking
We are speaking in tongues
We are speaking
We are speaking in tongues
We are speaking
We are speaking in tongues
We are speaking
We are speaking in tongues
We are speaking
We are speaking in tongues
We are speaking
We are speaking are speaking are speaking in tongues

We are speaking

Your entrenched opinions
On the borders of arrogance dug in against the compromise
A position indefensible
Your actions illogical
You're speaking in tongues

You sweat contradictions
Your tedious monologues, wielding authority
Demanding subservience
Demanding I make your sense
Demanding speaking in tongues

We're speaking in tongues (we are speaking)
We are speaking in tongues (we are speaking)
We're speaking in tongues (we are speaking)
Am I deaf because I cannot comprehend?

We're speaking in tongues (we are speaking)
We are speaking in tongues (we are speaking)
We're speaking in tongues (we are speaking)
Though I try I just cannot understand

We're speaking in tongues
We're speaking in tongues
We are we are
We are we are
We are we are
We we are we are
We are speaking
We we are we are
We we are we are
We are we are we are we are speaking
Speaking in tongues
Speaking in tongues
In tongues
We're speaking in tongues

Ah-oo
Aow

Thank you

Yeah ha-ha-ha

Dum-ba-dum-ba-dum-ba-dum-ba-dum-ba-dum-um

I'm sweating already
Dearie me, now

Yeah, it's a bit

I say this before
An' it
You know a lot of gigs were all cancelled and stuff, I was glad the Scottish gigs were on at the end because
And especially New Year's Eve
All the guys coming out the pubs eh?
Oh let's go down to the Fish gig and give him shit
Like let's go through the heckles
...
That bald bastard yes we've got that one
Grendel's Supper's Ready we've got that one
But I'm ready for yer

Rr-a-hah

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